The re-opening of the Estorick Collection

  • By The Alchemist About Town
  • 26 Jan, 2017

About Town - Life in Islington

Sydney Carline, Sopwith Camel Patrol Attacking an Austrian Aerodrome near Sacile, Italy, 1918, oil on board

Canonbury is an area in north London, roughly between Essex Road, Upper Street and Cross Street and either side of St Paul's Rod, a small but diverse subsection of Islington, with streets grande in scale. 
Canonbury greatest appeal is its proximity to all that Islington has to offer, being close to Upper Street and North of the hip Essex Road and surrounded by great transport links, plus arts & culture and a multitude of restaurants and bars on the doorstep.

As one must have noticed from my previous blogs about Islington, I am a fan and proud resident; I absolutely love the community feel, the fact that it seems like a self-contained old town, culturally vibrant and with a great night life within a few minutes of the "Big City".

Canonbury Square is the home of a small museum, a little gem tucked away in this leafy part of Islington, the Estorick Collection , which has finally reopened after an extensive refurbishment .

"War in the Sunshine"  is the opening exhibition of 75 rarely shown artworks revealing the little-known role of British forces in Italy during the First World War, the pieces are on special loan from the Imperial War Museum.

The show highlights the often forgotten involvement of the British forces in Italy during the First World War, comprising a range of artworks by Sydney Carline and Ernest Brooks,  including 24 drawings and paintings by official war artist Sydney Carline, and 50 odd images by war photographers W.J. Brunell and E. Brooks., an overall reflection on the experience of British soldiers who fought in northern Italy a century ago.

A series of works by London-based contemporary artist Keith Roberts is also on display, in line with the theme of the show.

Ernest Brooks was an official photographer on the Western Front, best known for his images of British forces on the Somme and at Passchendaele; the photographs on display (taken during his official assignment to Italy in 1917-1918) have not been exhibited since 1919, they portray the sad condition of front-line combat troops and dispossessed Italian civilians scratching a living behind the Anglo-Italian lines.

The photographs taken by William Joseph Brunell reveal an intuitive view of northern Italy’s mountains and of ruins dotting the  front line along  il Piave (river) north of Venice.There are also images of many of the young Italian women employed by the British Army Service Corps, unloading railway wagons of supplies, washing British Army uniforms and preparing meals.

I personally realy enjoyed the exhibition, and felt quite touched by it, one cannot look at those pieces without feeling something. Go and visit the museum, it is definetely worthed for art  lovers and novices alike.

The Exhibition has been reviewed in great extent in the national newspapers, click on the links to know more:

The Guardian

The Indipendent

The Telegraph

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By The Alchemist About Town 22 Sep, 2017
I am so utterly delighted that my book is now out, available to order both on paperback and on Kindle edition just in time for Business Women's Day - YES!!!!!! :-) 

STOP IT! It's all in your head   is my labour of love and my way to encourage, inspire and empower women to achieve what they want professionally and not be confined by societal, religious, family paradigms of what " women should do/are like" and, most importantly, the restrictions in their head.
If that is being CEO of a Global Company or a stay-at-mum or Director of Paperclip ( whatever grabs your fancy) so be it.

Writing this book was also a personal challenge ( the 30 days thingy) which confirmed to me once and for all that you can really do whatever you set your mind to, if you really want to that is.

Couple of tips for writing a book from me:
  • write about what you are passionate about, you know more than you think.
  • free-write about the parts/chapters in the book you like the most and you are most interested in first - that will give you a great boost at the beginning - you can edit and add the boring bits later - by then most of the book will be almost there
  • keep your own voice - write as you speak so to speak ( people do need to understand you though..)
  • keep an open mind, ideas will flow into you mid-way through the project
  • a deadline and going public is good to beat procrastination ( but if that stresses you out too much don't do it) - the deadline certainly helped me.
You can do it too!!!

If anyone would like to be part of the book launch, the event is live on Eventbrite and you can buy an Early Bird ticket now:
SMASH YOUR CEILING - #STOPITBookLaunch 
Thursday 12 October at 18.30
Business Design Centre
Islington
London

To pre- e-meet other super fab women in business attending the event, please use the following hashtags:
#SMASHYOURCEILING
#STOPITBookLaunch
#BDCWorks

I'm so excited about this book and I genuinely hope you will like it- I hope to meet you soon, in person or through the pages of my book.

Laura x


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By The Alchemist About Town 19 Sep, 2017
The time is getting closer and closer to the release of   STOP IT, It's all in your head   my new book ( 22 September for Business Women's Day - US) .

I have now  received the proof copy of the paperback which looks absolutely fabulous: a couple of things to correct but overall I am super happy with the result.
A lot of marketing to do now between Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Google+ ( which is PS: looking like more work than the actual writing of the book).

The book event/launch/talk is live on Eventbrite and you can buy an Early Bird ticket now:
SMASH YOUR CEILING - #STOPITBookLaunch 
Thursday 12 October at 18.30
Business Design Centre
Islington
London

To pre- e-meet other super fab women in business attending the event, please use the following hashtags:
#SMASHYOURCEILING
#STOPITBookLaunch
#BDCWorks

I'm so excited about this book and I genuinely hope you will like it.

Laura x


#Hustle #GirlBoss #SmashThatCeiling
  #SmashYourCeiling
STOP IT! It's all in your head 
#dreambig #believe #youcan



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